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Liberating the Laity: Equipping All the Saints for Ministry [Paperback]

By R. Paul Stevens (Author) & Paul Stevens (Author)
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Every church has far more work than any one person can do. Even a team of professionals is not enough. The New Testament solution was for every member to be a minister. Though the priesthood of all believers was a key idea in the Reformation, it is paid little attention to today. Following secular models, churches usually organize around the clergy, who are paid by the laity to do the ministry. R. Paul Stevens argues that, according to Scripture, the primary task of a Christian leader is not to do the work but to equip the saints to do it. Exploring new options for pastors, tentmakers and laypeople, this book provides structures and strategies to best equip all the saints for ministry.

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Every church has far more work than any one person can do. Even a team of professionals is not enough. The New Testament solution was for every member to be a minister. Though the priesthood of all believers was a key idea in the Reformation, it is little practised today. Following secular models, churches usually organize around the clergy, who are paid by the laity to do the ministry. Paul Stevens argues that, according to Scripture, the primary task of a Christian leader is not to do the work but to equip the saints to do it. Exploring new options for pastors, tentmakers and laypeople, this book provides structures and strategies to best equip all the saints for ministry.

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Studio: Regent College Publishing
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573830127  
ISBN13  9781573830126  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His previous books include "Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture" and (with Alvin Ung) "Taking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace."

R. Paul Stevens was born in 1937.

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Biblical Based Leadership Structure  Jan 2, 2002
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In practical reality, church structure often takes precedence over theology. In his book, Liberating the Laity, R. Paul Stevens shares how he tried to equip the people in his church for doing the church's ministry but failed because-as he discovered-the governmental struc- ture of the church required him to do "the ministry. " He writes,

"Structure, I discovered, is important; there is no point in saying that every member is a minister if the structure of the fellowship says the exact opposite - by making it hard for people to discover their gifts or to exercise loving service."

The fact is, no society - religious or secular - can ever afford to be careless about the structure of its government. This is especially true of the Christian community because great and precious principles are at stake. People who are deeply involved in the actual operation of a local church know from personal experience that the government of the church affects every aspect of the inner life of the church and that it is an extremely relevant topic.

 

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